Just a week extending the range of the 2017 Ford Focus Electric to a paltry 100 miles, Ford's ready to say that they'll be making their own long-range EV to compete with the likes of the Tesla Model 3. Someday. Eventually. You know, when the time's right.
The comments came from Ford CEO Mark Fields on an analyst conference call, as reported by Bloomberg. The plans, which would put Ford in more direct competition with Tesla as well as cross-town Detroit rival Chevy's Bolt, call for a Ford EV that can get more than 200 miles of range from a single charge.
We want to make sure that we're either among the leaders or in a leadership position. When you look at some of the competitors and what they've announced, clearly, that's something we're developing for.
Of course, the Ford CEO didn't reveal when we should expect Ford's long-range EV to hit the market. Ford offers a number of electrified vehicles, from the full-EV Focus Electric to plug-in hybrids in the Fusion Energi and C-MAX Energi, though all have been internal combustion engine vehicles converted to electrification. Ford's interest in electrification runs deep — they recently paid an obscene amount to buy one of the first Tesla Model X SUVs so they could benchmark and reverse engineer the vehicle.